Magnolias

Magnolias

Deciduous and evergreen large shrubs or feature size trees, many with nicely scented flowers in spring and summer. We have a great modern selection from around the world, including many new yellows which flower slightly later than the pinks and whites, and can avoid the frosts.

Magnolias prefer full sun, cool roots and shelter from strong winds. Plant in enriched soil, deeply worked, free draining, moisture retentive neutral to slightly acidic. After planting, feed with a good ericaceous fertilizer and mulch well. Apply slow release fertilizer every spring whilst the plant is establishing.

Magnolias were amongst the first plants on Earth to reproduce using flowers pollinated by insects. They are native to America and Asia, but not Europe. The Magnolia was named by Linnaeus in commemoration of Pierre Magnol, who was Louis XIV's doctor and a professor of Botany. Magnolia grandiflora was introduced into Britain from America in 1734. The first Magnolias from China arrived around 1780, and proved much hardier than those from America.

NEW: Just added some cracking new varieties, especially late flowering yellows, from renowned breeders such as August Kehr in Carolina, and Philippe de Spoelberch in Belgium. Being new and grafted, they do cost a bit more, and the 3 litre size are about 60-90cm tall.

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Magnolia Coral Lake
Magnolia Coral Lake
Attractive coral pink flowers with yellow tints and slight green striping, like a modern tulip flower. March- April. A medium sized tree with a spreading habit. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. Best in moist acid soils.
£94.95
Magnolia Elizabeth  AGM
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Magnolia Elizabeth AGM
Fragrant cream to soft yellow flowers in late April/early May. The soft yellow flowers gradually fade to cream and the young unfurling leaves open to a dull reddish colour and turn to a dark green upper surface. An excellent deciduous cultivar which is very floriferous. Makes a broad spreading, vigorous small to medium sized tree. Magnolia acuminata was hybridised with M. denudata in 1956 at the Brooklyn...
£94.95

Magnolia Felix Jury
Magnolia Felix Jury
Image supplied by and owned by Frank P Matthews (H5) Huge, fragrant, 12" wide flowers of deep rose-pink opening from port-coloured buds in spring. A slow growing, compact, upright tree. Requires moist well draining, acid soil in a sheltered position, with a south or west facing aspect. Full sun to partial shade. Height 200-400cm in 10 years.
£94.95
Magnolia Galaxy  AGM
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Magnolia Galaxy AGM
Striking purple pink to red slightly scented flowers in mid to late spring make a stunning statement in the garden. This plant makes a wonderful small to medium sized deciduous tree, initially upright in habit, but maturing to a pyramidal shape. Magnolia liliiflora has been hybridized with many species and has produced fantastic results. William Kosar of the US National Arboretum raised this Magnolia...
£29.95

Magnolia George Henry Kern AGM
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Magnolia George Henry Kern AGM
Deep pink in bud, opening to rose pink on the outside, and pale pink on the inside of thick textured long lasting tepals. Long lasting flowers on a compact plant, ideal for small gardens. Height 2-3 metres in 10 years. Prefers sun and acid soil. The flowers are composed of 8-10 strap shaped, thick textured tepals giving a flower of excellent quality. They flowering over a long period, starting on...
£29.95
Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem'
Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem'
(H4) White, lightly scented flowers in the summer on a compact tree of columnar habit. Glossy leaves with a deep brown felt on the underside. Best in full sun. Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Requires moist acid soil. Height 200-400cm in 10 years.
£23.95

Magnolia Joli Pompom
Magnolia Joli Pompom
The clearest and most exquisite white of all magnolias, with a glorious centre of soft rose pink stamens and pale green anthers. Another excellent magnolia bred by Philippe de Spoelbergh. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years.
£94.95
Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra'  AGM
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Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra' AGM
Dark purple buds open to dark red purple flowers, paler inside, in late April to May. A slow growing, multi stemmed shrub. Height 150-175cm in 10 years. Best in moist acid soils, but will tolerate neutral soils with good organic content.
£23.95

Magnolia Livingstone
Magnolia Livingstone
Image supplied and owned by Frank P Matthews (H5) Vivid dark purple-red flowers in April. Upright in habit, gradually becoming more rounded when mature. Best in a sheltered position in sun or light dappled shade. requires moist but well-drained acid or neutral soil. Height and spread 200-400cm in 10 years. Expected height and spread of around 400-800cm at 20 years.
£89.95
Magnolia obovataMagnolia obovata
Magnolia obovata
(H5) Large highly scented white flowers in late May-June, which start off cup-shaped before opening into large flat saucer-shaped flowers up to 20cm across. As they age the flowers turn creamier white and the outer petals turn a reddish brown adding one more depth of colour. The leaves of this magnolia are just as note worthy as the flowers, they are ovate in shape and can grow to be 40cm in length...
£39.95

Magnolia Rose Marie
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Magnolia Rose Marie
Image supplied by and owned by Frank P Matthews (H5) Pink, lemon scented, upright, broad, cup and saucer shaped blooms in late spring. A pyramidal, columnar, small tree, blooming from an early age. M. 'Pink Surprise' x M. 'Daybreak'. Requires a sheltered position in full sun. Requires moist. well drained acid soil. Height 200-400cm in 10 years.
£94.95
Magnolia Shirazz
Magnolia Shirazz
Spectacular large rich burgundy red tulip shaped flowers that open out flat revealing a paler centre. April flowering. Bred in New Zealand, and considered one of the best reds. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. Best in moist acid soils.
£94.95

Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
(H6) Pure white nodding fragrant flowers are egg shaped in bud, turning outwards as the petals expand. Long lasting from May to August. Spectacular red fruits in autumn. Height 175-200cm in 10 years, turning into a broad spreading tree. Best in moist acid soils, but will tolerate neutral soils with good organic content.
£34.95
Magnolia Spectrum  AGM
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Magnolia Spectrum AGM
Gorgeous rich pinkish red flowers which are lighter on the inside on a small to medium size deciduous tree, flowering from mid-April to late May. It has an upright habit when young, but develops into a broad pyramidal shape after 15-20 years. Magnolia liliiflora has been hybridized with many species and has produced fantastic results. William Kosar of the US National Arboretum raised this Magnolia...
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Magnolia stellata
Magnolia stellata
A lovely plant with pure white, large, star-shaped scented flowers in March and April. A native of Japan where it is found in mountain woodland, it is a slow growing small tree or large shrub which rarely exceeds 3m in height. Best in acid or neutral soil, in sun or part shade. Protect from late spring frosts when young, as these can kill every bud, and hence the plant.
£23.95

Magnolia x loebneri 'Donna'  AGM
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Magnolia x loebneri 'Donna' AGM
A recently introduced late flowering plant with huge 15 to 20cm wide flat-shaped white fragrant flowers in April. An extremely beautiful and hardy loebneri hybrid. Densely branched deciduous upright habit growing 3.0m in 10 years. It will perform best in full sun. Magnolia kobus was hybridised with M.stellata by Max Loebner prior to 1914 to produce the Magnolia x loebneri cultivar. Diverse habits...
£29.95